Samburu, Shaba and Buffalo Springs Reserves

A Haven for Unique Northern Wildlife Species

Location & Geography:

Situated in northern Kenya, the Samburu, Shaba, and Buffalo Springs Reserves are neighboring wildlife reserves renowned for their picturesque landscapes and diverse topographical features. These reserves are nestled along the Ewaso Ng’iro River and are surrounded by stunning mountain ranges, including Mount Kenya to the south and the Mathews Range to the north. The semi-arid savannah plains dotted with acacia trees create a breathtaking backdrop for wildlife enthusiasts visiting this region.

Historical Significance:

While the main focus of these reserves lies in their natural beauty and wildlife, they also have historical significance. The Samburu people, indigenous to this area, have a rich cultural heritage that you can delve into. Visiting their villages and engaging in cultural exchanges can provide insights into their traditional way of life, customs, and rituals. Immerse yourself in the traditions passed down through generations and gain a deeper appreciation for the local culture.

Main Attractions:

The prime allure of the Samburu, Shaba, and Buffalo Springs Reserves is undoubtedly the abundance of unique northern wildlife species. Here, you can spot rare and beautiful creatures such as Grevy’s zebras, reticulated giraffes, Somali ostriches, and gerenuks. Apart from these remarkable species, the reserves also boast diverse populations of elephants, buffalos, lions, leopards, cheetahs, and numerous bird species, providing a paradise for wildlife lovers and photographers.

Activities and Experiences:

While game drives are the most popular activity in these reserves, there are plenty of other remarkable experiences awaiting you. Embark on a guided nature walk to get up close to the smaller wonders of the savannah, learning about the flora and fauna from knowledgeable guides. The Ewaso Ng’iro River flowing through the reserves offers a chance for birdwatching, fishing, or simply enjoying a tranquil boat ride. For an authentic cultural experience, spend time with the local Samburu community, learn their traditional dances, and listen to fascinating stories about their heritage.

Best Time to Visit:

The dry season, from June to October, is generally considered the best time to visit the Samburu, Shaba, and Buffalo Springs Reserves. During this period, the animals gather around water sources, making it easier to spot wildlife during game drives. The weather is temperate and sunny, ensuring a pleasant safari experience. However, keep in mind that wildlife viewing can be rewarding year-round, so plan according to your preferences and availability.

Getting There:

The most convenient way to reach the Samburu, Shaba, and Buffalo Springs Reserves is by flying into Nairobi, the capital of Kenya. From Nairobi, you can catch a domestic flight to the nearby airstrips located in Samburu or Buffalo Springs. Alternatively, you can opt for a scenic road trip from Nairobi, which takes approximately 5-6 hours. Private transfers and guided tours are also available, ensuring a hassle-free journey to these reserves.


  • Airport transfers
  • Accommodation as per itinerary
  • Park fees and permits
  • Professional mountain guides and porters
  • Meals during the trek


  • Airfare.
  • Personal trekking equipment.
  • Tips and gratuities.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Travel insurance.


2024 2 Pax 3 Pax 4 Pax 5 Pax 6 Pax 7 Pax SRS

Low Season
1st Apr – 31st May

USD 2,158 USD 1,753 USD 1,550 USD 1,428 USD 1,347 USD 1,290 USD 214

High Season
1st Nov – 15th Dec

USD 2,272 USD 1,866 USD 1,664 USD 1,542 USD 1,462 USD 1,403 USD 255

Peak Season 1st Jan – 31st Mar
1st Jun – 31st Oct
16th – 31st Dec

USD 2,386 USD 1,982 USD 1,779 USD 1,657 USD 1,576 USD 1,518 USD 300

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